A brief history of the club.

To be updated as more information comes to light. Please post a comment below or contact the secretary if you have anything to add.


Spen Valley Amateur Radio Society was founded over 60 years ago and the club was affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain in September 1949. I believe meetings were originaly held in Cleckheaton. Eventually, Heckmondwike Grammar school was the venue, but as meetings could only be held during school term time new premises were sought.

Old Bank Working Mens Club (now just Old Bank Club) was chosen in September 1981, partly because use of the Concert Room was available on a Thursday evening on a rent free basis. The only condition was that members also had to become members of the then Working Mens Club. The radio club was very popular for a number of years at this venue with many events such as amateur radio talks, videos, junk sales, demonstrations, construction competitions, nights on the air and social evenings. Morse code classes were another popular activity and a number of members passed their 12 wpm test.

Activities away from the club included Special Event Stations, Contests, Dinners and a mini DXpedition to the Yorkshire Dales.

Interest waned somewhat in the late 1990’s but a small band of members continued to meet once a month on the first Thursday, for a drink and a chat about radio and other topics mainly technical. Things started to look up a few years ago and the members took down the aging antennas, strung up a dipole for HF and a co-linear for VHF, sold the Kenwood TS 140 and purchased a Kenwood TS 570, an auto atu, and a switch mode psu.

SVARS meeting venue
Spen Valley ARS venue

The friendly radio club!